After a rough couple of weeks for the Las Vegas Raiders, a trip to Denver is less than ideal for a bounce-back game.
Derek Carr was starting to look like a viable QB1 in fantasy a few weeks ago. Now, he’s back to being a high-end QB2. Between the matchup and everything else taking place with the RaidersÂ right now, I would avoid ‘DC‘ like the plague.
Josh Jacobs has become the only useable Raiders back in fantasy at this point. The return of Jalen Richard hurts Kenyan Drake’s value, which was already lower than what was originally expected this year. Honestly, even Jacobs is hard to start this week. He will still likely get enough touches to put up RB2 numbers, but the ceiling is low this week.
Bryan Edwards lost a lot of trust last week. That is unfortunate because he’s starting to get more targets. Until those targets turn into better production, he should stay on the bench. Henry Ruggs will continue to be a risky flex option. The only consistently solid fantasy option 8s Hunter Renfrow. It doesn’t matter the situation as the former Clemson Tiger is going to give you five catches for 50 yards at a minimum. Also, he feels due to break either a catch or punt for a long touchdown one of these days. In PPR, Renfrow is an easy start as a solid WR2. In half-point leagues, maybe a low-end WR2, but a great and reliable flex option.
Barring injury, we could copy and paste this part every time. Start Darren Waller. Unless you have some absurd situation where you have either Travis Kelce or George Kittle, there’s never going to be much worry about the matchup. Daily fantasy is another story. Waller is a solid play, but I doubt this is the week we see another monster night as we did in Week 1.
Dan Carlson is a great play this week. He’s playing in a kicker-friendly stadium against a great defense. That is a recipe for long field goals, and he’s by far the best fantasy play for the Raiders this week.
This isn’t a bad week to stream the RaidersÂ defense. Denver is not a very explosive offense, and their offensive line could have trouble with Vegas’s front seven. There are plenty of better options out there, but if you’re trying to wait and avoid waivers, you could do worse than the Raiders.
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